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  • Steven
    Adams
    Head of Management & Partner
    Media, film producing, inspirational

    Manager/Producer Steven Adams brings a wealth of creative and practical talents to the Buffalo 8 banner. His passion is representing talent and creative companies while developing new business platforms and projects. Experience includes the role of Executive Producer for Paris-based VFX house, BUF on such studio features as Thor, Avatar & Life of Pi .

  • Bobby
    Chinn
    Celebrity Chef
    Cooking, entrepreneurship, restauranteur

    Robert “Bobby” Chinn (born 3 April 1964) is an internationally renowned television presenter, chef, restaurateur and cookbook author who has lived in Vietnam since 1996. He is half Egyptian and half Chinese. He runs the restaurant Bobby Chinn. Over his career, he has cooked for a number of personalities, including Bill Clinton in 2011 and Bob Dylan on his Asian Tour. In 2013, Bobby Chinn moved to London to open his new restaurant, the House of Ho. In June 2014, Chinn was nominated as the ambassador of Tourism for Vietnam by the Ministry of Tourism Sports and Culture.

  • Patrick
    DePeters
    CFO and partner
    Media, finance, film producing, startups

    Patrick is the CFO and a partner at both BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8. Patrick has extensive finance experience stemming from his background in New York and London based investment banking divisions of MUFG’s Morgan Stanley M&A and Corporate Advisory JV. DePeters graduated from the University of Richmond with a BS. in Finance and Economics.

  • Dekker
    Dreyer
    Head of Clever Fox VR
    Media, VR, digital production

    Dekker is an entertainment futurist working on the bleeding edge of technology and storytelling. As chief creative officer of Immersive studio Clever Fox his oversight on brand experiences with Star Wars, Bose, Warner Bros Records, and Disney has made him a go-to expert in VR. He directed and co-directed the first two VR documentaries for Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, The Help, Spotlight) as well as the first VR concert film at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

  • Heather
    Hansen
    Artist
    Modern art, inspirational, international art

    Heather Hansen, a contemporary performance artist and dancer in New Orleans, has come up with an elegant and creative way to capture her dancing motions on paper – she gets up-close and personal with a big piece of paper and some charcoal.

    For the performance aspect of her work, Hansen invites observers to watch her dance on a huge piece of paper. As she dances and prostates herself on the piece of paper, she marks it with charcoal, gradually building a beautiful diagram of her seemingly ritual dance. She has also created a video called “Emptied Gestures” that features studio recordings of her graceful and dramatic work for those that cannot see it live.

  • Matthew
    Helderman
    CEO and co-founder

    Matthew is the founder and CEO of both Buffalo 8 and BondIt Media Capital. With a background rooted in media production, finance and digital technology he leads the team of both businesses on a daily basis. Helderman is a regular speaker at international media and technology conferences. Helderman graduated from Lake Forest College with a B.A. in Philosophy.

  • Joe
    Katz
    Celebrity Fashion Stylist
    Style, fashion, design, retail

    Joe Katz moved to Los Angeles from New York where he reported on fashion trends for ABC’s Ontheredcarpet.com, NBC LA and CBS 2. Joe contributed weekly to CBS Radio’s KFWB as well as Martha Stewart Radio on Sirius XM radio. You can read some of his celebrity fashion commentary in InTouch magazine, Life & Style magazine, Real Simple and OK Magazine. Joseph was the Fashion Expert at the Oscar Awards® reporting live from the Red Carpet for the Associated Press, as well as with CBS and CNN.

    Joe has written fashion commentary on celebrity clients like Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, The Jonas Brothers, Blake Lively, Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson, Ali Larter, Natalie Portman, Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, and Jordan Sparks.

  • Maxine
    Lapiduss
    Writer / Producer / Entrepreneur

    Maxine Lapiduss isa celebrated TV writer/producer, serial entrepreneur,arts advocate, creative strategist, and now, as Co-Founder/CEO ofStoryverse Studios, creating a new paradigm for how stories are told and shared in the digital age.

  • Nina
    Menkes
    Independent Filmmaker

    Nina Menkes is a prominent independent filmmaker who has premiered work at Sundance four times–three feature films and one new media work (QUEEN OF DIAMONDS, THE BLOODY CHILD, THE CRAZY BLOODY FEMALE CENTER and PHANTOM LOVE). Menkes’s honors include a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for “Best Independent/Experimental Film”, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, an AFI Independent Filmmaker Award, a Creative Capital Award and an International Critic’s Award. Nina is a member of the film faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

  • Roger
    Guenveur
    Smith
    Actor / Writer / Director
    Acting, directing, media, inspirational

    Roger Guenveur Smith is an internationally acclaimed actor, writer, and director who has created a prolific body of work on stage and screen.

    He adapted his Obie Award-winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm, directed by his longtime colleague Spike Lee, with whom he continues to collaborate in a relationship which is unparalleled in the American cinema.

  • Dr. Erroll
    Southers
    Counterterrorism Expert
    Terrorism, government, global policy

    Dr. Erroll G. Southers is an internationally recognized expert on counterterrorism, public safety, infrastructure protection, and homeland security. He is the Director of the Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies Program at the University of Southern California, where he is also a Professor of the Practice of Governance.
    Dr. Southers is the Managing Director for Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection at TAL Global, an international security consulting firm. There he directs security assessments addressing transportation modalities, stadium venues, and educational and cultural institutions.

  • Luke
    Taylor
    COO and co-founder
    Media, finance, film producing, startups

    Luke is the co-founder and COO of both Buffalo 8 and BondIt Media Capital. Taylor oversees the financing operations and client management of both businesses on a daily basis. Taylor graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Music Industry and Business.

  • Tamara
    Tunie
    Actress / Producer / Director
    Acting, film, media, inspirational

    Tamara Tunie is an American film, stage, and television actress, director, and producer. She is best known for her portrayal of attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, and medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. From 2000 to 2007 (and again briefly in 2009 and 2010), she appeared on both series simultaneously. Tunie has also appeared in film, most notably playing the key supporting role of Margaret Thomason in the 2012 film Flight.

  • Carl
    Weber
    Author / Screenwriter / Publisher

    Carl Weber is a prolific American novelist recognized for his examination of Urban American experiences. Dubbed the “King of Drama,” Weber boasts more than 26 novels – 14 of which have been on the New York Times bestseller list, with others making the USA Today and Essence magazines bestseller lists.
    Carl has a partnership with Queen Latifahs One Unit to develop 4 – 6 films a year and television series based on his IP.